Posts in Category "Enterprise Deployment"

Acrobat XI Deployment Guide for Large Firms

Large law firms with more than fifty Acrobat users should take advantage of Adobe’s free deployment tools.If you are upgrading your Acrobat base or installing Acrobat for the first time, this guide is for you, the enterprise admin.

Acrobat XI offers many improvements over previous version (of course). PDF Editing is amazing and creating and conforming to PDF/A is significantly easier and more reliable.

Packaging Adobe Reader or Acrobat for your end-users isn’t difficult, but sometimes IT folks don’t know all of the settings or best practices.

In this article, I’ll discuss:

  • Where to download the Enterprise version of Adobe Reader and get your corporate licenses of Acrobat
  • How to download Adobe’s free customization tools
  • Recommended deployment settings
    • Customization Wizard settings
    • Registry Key Settings

This article will walk you through the settings I recommend using the Acrobat XI Customization Wizard.

The information is not intended as a replacement for the numerous documents Adobe makes available to enterprise IT administrators. Here are a few you should check out:

Acrobat Enterprise Toolkit Page

This page is the starting point for everything you need to deploy Acrobat XI.
http://www.adobe.com/go/acrobatetk

On this page you will find:

Enterprise Administration Guide

This 118-page guide is the main documentation for deploying Acrobat and covers AIP, SCCM/SCUP, GPO, bootstrapper, Citrix and other deployment options.

Preference Reference

The Preference Reference, a dictionary of registry level preferences containing over 300 keys. The application is updated on a monthly basis.

Training Videos for the Acrobat Customization Wizard

Adobe Technical Evangelist Joel Geraci offers videos on using the Customization Wizard.
http://tv.adobe.com/show/it-matters-with-joel-geraci-season-2-acrobat-x

SCUP Catalogs for Acrobat X and Reader X

SCCM/SCUP are Microsoft’s latest change and configuration management solution that replaces older methodologies such as SMS and GPO. Unlike these older technologies, SCCM provides features such as metering, asset intelligence, inventorying, and improved remote client administration.

GPO Templates

If you use Group Policies, we provide a starter template to help you out.

Rick Borstein’s Acrobat XI Deployment Webinar Recording

http://seminars.adobeconnect.com/p4v4sbc4bu8/

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SCUP Transition Tool for Reader 9 to X Deployments

This item will only be of interest to IT folks, so if you don’t work for a large law firm and have "IT" in your title, you can stop reading now.

One feature of the Acrobat and Reader X family is support for Microsoft System Center Update Publisher (SCUP).

This tool is used along with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and allows IT adminstrators to more easily deploy Acrobat and Reader installs and updates without complicated scripting.

If your organization . . .

  • Uses SCCM
  • Wants to move from Reader 9 to Reader X

 . . . then the new Adobe SCUP Transition Catalog for Adobe Reader may be of interest to you.

Currently in beta, this tool allows you to use SCCM to easily update Adobe Reader 9 that is currently deployed in your organization to Reader X.

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Acrobat X Customization Guide for Large Firms

Large law firms with more than fifty Acrobat users should take advantage of Adobe’s free deployment tools for Acrobat X. Many firms are upgrading to Acrobat X at this time, so I thought I would share a few tips which are specific for the legal industry.

Packaging Adobe Reader or Acrobat for your end-users isn’t difficult, but sometimes IT folks don’t know all of the settings or best practices.

In this article, I’ll discuss:

  • Where to download the Enterprise version of Adobe Reader and get your corporate licenses of Acrobat
  • How to download Adobe’s free customization tools
  • Recommended deployment settings
    • Customization Wizard settings
    • Registry Key Settings

This article will walk you through the settings I recommend using the Acrobat X Customization Wizard.

The information is not intended as a replacement for the numerous documents Adobe makes available to enterprise IT administrators. Here are a few you should check out:

Acrobat Enterprise Toolkit Page

This page is the starting point for everything you need to deploy Acrobat X.
http://www.adobe.com/go/acrobatetk

On this page you will find:

Enterprise Administration Guide

This 118-page guide is the main documentation for deploying Acrobat and covers AIP, SCCM/SCUP, GPO, bootstrapper, Citrix and other deployment options.

Preference Reference

The Preference Reference, a dictionary of registry level preferences containing over 300 keys. The application is updated on a monthly basis.

Training Videos for the Acrobat Customization Wizard

Adobe Technical Evangelist Joel Geraci offers videos on using the Customization Wizard.
http://tv.adobe.com/show/it-matters-with-joel-geraci-season-2-acrobat-x

SCUP Catalogs for Acrobat X and Reader X

SCCM/SCUP are Microsoft’s latest change and configuration management solution that replaces older methodologies such as SMS and GPO. Unlike these older technologies, SCCM provides features such as metering, asset intelligence, inventorying, and improved remote client administration.

Rick Borstein’s Acrobat X Deployment Webinar Recording

http://seminars.adobe.acrobat.com/p54652297

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Free DMS Integration Plug-in for Acrobat

Acrobat integration with Document Management Systems (DMS) is a key requirement of large law firms.

Unfortunately, many firms have been frustrated getting Acrobat to work with their DMS.

While the DMS vendors generally supply Acrobat integration, there are issues which affect customer deployment:

  • Integration for the latest version of Acrobat may not be available until a new release of the DMS becomes available, which could take many months.
  • Support for newer versions of Acrobat running on legend (older) versions of DMS software is seldom available.

Acrobat integration—while expected by large firms—isn’t a revenue generating activity for DMS vendors.

I shared this customer issue with Thaddeus Bouchard, the CTO of Omtool. Omtool offers AccuRoute, a document routing solution which I see at many large firms. This company has lots of expertise in DMS integration because AccuRoute works with just about every DMS available.

When Thaddeus said, “Hey, maybe we can work together on this problem . . .” I knew something good could happen!

Sometime before the end of October 2007, Omtool will offer a free download of the Swiftwriter plug-in for Acrobat.

Swiftwriter offers integration with the following DMS products:

  • Interwoven/iManage FileSite/Desksite (versions 5.x through 8.2)
  • OpenText/Hummingbird DOCSOpen (3.9.6 through 4.0)
  • OpenText/Hummingbird DM5 through DM6
  • World Software Worlddox GX
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2003 and 2007

Read on to learn more about the Swiftwriter plug-in and some background information that you may find helpful.

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Enterprise Deployment of the Adobe Acrobat 8 Family

Adobe Acrobat 8 poses new opportunities—and some new challenges—for the IT staff of large organizations which need to deploy Acrobat to many users.

Adobe offers a new, completely re-written installation tool called the Adobe Customization Wizard for Acrobat 8.0. This tool allows you to create a Windows Installer Transform file (.MST) to modify Microsoft Installer files (.MSI).

On March 9, 2007, Adobe announced that we are discontinuing the Adobe License Manager . I consider this a win for customers!

This article covers two issues:

  • I’ve already deployed Acrobat with ALM or I need non-ALM licenses to install. What do I do?
  • How do I customize the installation of Adobe Acrobat?

I’ve included several links throughout this article which offer a deeper dive.

For the record, I’m not a deployment expert, so I cannot respond to technical questions about this topic.

Read on to learn more about common deployment questions…

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